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Intel’s Silvermont SoC ready for ARM wrestling

Intel is finally starting to take the mobile market seriously, three years too late for anyone to care. The chipmaker has finally revealed its next generation Silvermont microarchitecture, and although it is late to the party, it looks like an impressive piece of tech.

For years Atoms were built using ancient architectures and off the shelf chipsets, but Silvermont is a different beast. It is a 22nm system-on-a-chip and it is the first Atom to use out-of-order execution. It also features 3D tri-gate transistor technology and a very scalable design, which means Intel could theoretically come up with eight-core parts. Some Silvermont parts will use graphics derived from Intel’s HD 4000 core, used in Ivy Bridge chips, which means they should end up quite fast. 

Basically Intel crammed Silvermont with the latest tech it has to offer, and that’s what makes it significant. Intel is finally taking ARM seriously.

In terms of performance, the new microarchitecture is three times as powerful as the cores used in current Atom SoCs, which are already capable of holding their own against many ARM chips. Silvermont chips can wipe the floor with the current crop of ARM SoCs with relative ease. 

The added performance doesn’t come at a price. In fact, Intel says the new chips can cut power consumption five times compared to existing Atoms running at the same performance level. Performance per watt is crucial in smartphones and tablets. It was Intel’s undoing for years, but it seems to have nailed it at last. 

Silvermont will appear in several flavours. Merrifield chips will cater to smartphones, while beefier Bay Trail chips are reserved for tablets. Avoton will take care of microsevers. Merrifield and Bay Trail should basically deliver the performance of three to four year old PC chips to tablets and phones, which sounds very impressive indeed. It has the potential to transform Microsoft’s fledgling Windows 8 into a proper tablet operating system, which means Silvermont is yet another nail in the Windows RT coffin.

The bad news? We’ll have to wait a bit longer to see what Intel has cooked up for the ARM gang. Silvermont phones will show up sometime next year, which means ARM will continue to dominate the market for the time being. Bay Trail tablets are expected later this year, running Windows 8.1 and Android

Intel talks up Iris 5xxx series integrated graphics

Intel is starting to talk up its next generation GPUs, dubbed Iris. The new GPU is set to debut in Haswell later this year and it seems to be quite a performer. 

In the mobile segment, the Iris 5100 GPU will replace the HD 4000, used in select Ivy Bridge chips. It is said to offer a twofold performance boost over the HD 4000, all in a notebook friendly thermal envelope with a 28W TDP.

The 5000 core is reserved for Ultrabooks and it should appear in sub-15W parts. It is no slouch though  – Intel says it is 1.5 times faster than the HD 4000.The 5200 is the fastest  of the bunch. It is 2.5 times faster than the HD 4000, but it is reserved for high-TDP parts, north of 47W.

However, it has an even faster sibling, reserved for desktops. The Iris Pro 5200 is about 3 times faster than the HD 4000.Iris is not the end of the road for HD Graphics parts, as they will still be used with low end Pentium and Celeron chips.

At a glance, the performance gains are quite impressive and if Intel keeps it up, we’ll have to think of new Intel IGP jokes pretty soon. By offering twofold and threefold performance gains with each new generation, Intel is on track to catch up with AMD APU graphics within a couple of generations, if not less. 

In addition, the fast pace of Intel’s IGP development will put further pressure on Nvidia and AMD in the low end discrete graphics segment. 

Intel's low-powered Ivy Bridge chips out soon

A leaked roadmap of Intel’s rumoured lower power Ivy Bridge CPUs has been found in China.

The roadmap was found by VR-Zone China .

It shows that the new Ivy Bridge chips could be shown off at Intel’s CES booth or press conference and should be in the shops in the first quarter.

The chips will come out under the Pentium branding and will have a maxium TDP of 10W.

The first one will have two cores and two threads, three French hens, two turtle doves and the ubiquitous partridge in a pear tree.

However, it will not have Turbo Boost or HyperThreading and it only features 2MB of L3 cache. Graphics? Not unless you count “Intel HD Graphics” as being something remotely useful.

The next one is the Core i3 offering which has the catchy title, the i3-3229Y, which is a 13W TDP part. It will have HyperThreading and will come in a dual-core model clocked at 1.4GHz.

Then there are the i5s. The i5-3339Y is a dual-core chip which can manage hyperThreading and is clocked at 1.5GHz, with a max Turbo Boost of 2GHz.

The i5-3439Y is more or less the same but has a higher max Turbo Speed of 2.3GHz.

At the top of the ladder is the i7-3669Y which has a 1.5GHz base speed but can Turbo its way to 2.6GHz at a cost of 13W TDP. It will also come with 4MB of L3 cache.

The parts will use Intel’s 7W Scenario Design Power, meaning that they will draw only 7W if kept cooler than 80*C.

It can only keep its 14 watt thresholds if the processor temperature is kept below of 105*C.

The chips are clearly designed for Ultrabooks and tablets. 

Intel wants to make Ivy Bridge more power efficient

Chipzilla‘s latest cunning plan is to slash Ivy Bridge’s power consumption to make Ultrabooks more attractive by reducing the amount of juice they need.

According to CNET, this is not a future design, but may result in the current Ivy Bridge chip getting throttled to reduce the amount of juice it uses.

Intel’s most power efficient Ivy Bridge chips today are used in Windows Ultrabooks and Apple’s MacBook Air and weigh in at 17 watts.

This makes them look energy hungry when it comes to other chips which are expected to function in a mobile world. The power consumption on ARM chips is typically rated at below two watts and devices with these chips offer all-day battery life. But by reducing the power consumption within Ivy Bridge PC makers could theoretically use the chip in tablets.

Microsoft has indicated that it will use an Ivy Bridge Core i5 chip in its Surface Pro tablet, because of the performance advantages. However, manufacturers want to see more power reductions before they take such a bold move.

Windows 8 tablets and tablet-like products, like HP’s Envy x2, use Intel’s Z2760 system-on-a-chip. This is power efficient for Intel but falls far short of Ivy Bridge’s performance.

The company said in September that its next generation of chips, codenamed Haswell, will be rated as low as 10 watts, slashing power consumption by about 41 percent. And later Haswell chips will be even more power efficient.

CNET thinks that the new range of low powered Ivy Bridge chips will be out sometime next year. 

Intel ekes out more Haswell details

Kirk Skaugen, a long time Inteleer is now into thin clients, or should we say tablets, smartphones and Ultrabooks.

Intel is really excited about touch and excited about Windows 8. All across the world people have been immersed in the Windows 8 experience. Ninety percent of people it surveyed worldwide find touch is great. It surveyed 200,000 people.  People want keyboards and touch. Well they’ve got it with Apples, already.

Intel is investing in jump start factories in Taiwan and capacity. Touch systems will be $100 more than non touch Ultrabooks. Haswell will double the battery life compared to Ivy Bridge, as TechEye revealed yesterday.

Intel will eliminate wires completely for PCs.  It is promoting charging stuff wirelessly. Intel wireless charging will charge at roughly the same rate as USB. Skaugen said that it is certifying systems that use Intel-Nuance enabled machines.

Dell is the first to be certified and Intel has white box reference designs. Intel will bring SDKs for finger tracking, sound, facial recognition and voice recognition.  A PC will recognise every movement of the hands, including finger joints. You can walk up to your PC and auto-enter your password.  Skaugen said that when he’s on a plane he gives his iPad to his five year old to play Angry Birds and his kid sends emails to his CEO.  With facial recognition that will never happen. But on the other hand presumably he won’t be able to hand his kid his tablet to get five or 10 minutes peace?

Hand recognition means you can cast spells with our PC, Skaugen said.

Intel will bring more mechanical stuff out in next year than in the last 20 years.   These will happen in the next several months.  It has over 70 Ultrabooks in the marketplace right now.  You can buy $599 Ultrabooks using Ivy Bridge. With touch you can factor in another $100.

Intel will have over 240 designs of Ultrabooks using Ivy stuff next year.

Haswell was designed from the ground up, Skaugen said.  The mobile world is getting more complex.  The collision of notebooks with smartphones and tablets doesn’t faze Intel because it will have answers to everything.  

He showed a number of systems from a variety of vendors that came in different shapes and sizes, just like human beings.

Haswell will support 4K displays, new versions of OpenGL and OpenCL, DirectX11, etcetera. It will include touch, voice, double the battery life, and auto pull down email, Facebook and Twitter stuff all instantly available.  It will support Microsoft’s Connected Standby. You will never have to wait for your data again.

Fourth generation cores will fall to 15 watts and putting chipset and microprocessor into the same package, for the first time.  “Everything is going SOC,” he said.

Don’t buy Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks, Intel says. Wait for next year

Intel will re-invent computing, senior executive Dadi Perlmutter said as he kicked off the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) at the Mosc One West (MOW) conference centre. Dadi is tipped as the next boss of Intel after Paul Otellini steps down in the HR (human resources) equivalent of shrinking the die. Perlmutter showed off a Medfield Atom and the Xeon 5 – teraflops; quite different birds of a feather. Intel spans the smallest to the greatest, said Perlmutter and continues to shrink the die with unparalleled process technology. To you and me that’s fabs and that and the engineers and architects and support staff in the multi-billion manufactories. This, claimed Perlmutter is the era of digital transformaton with stuff moving from analogue to digital. Digital data is all about analysis. The real tornadoes are datacentres and the internet of things. The datacentre is not one thing – it’s a broad set of stuff. Microservers are not the same thing as supercomputers. Intel’s challenge is to create a broad swathe of stuff that runs consistent software and applications. Intel has bought companies to complement its capabilities. The real big change is about mobile personal computing, said Perlmutter. The beige desktop was a real revolution at the time. They were heavy as heck though. It’s all about mobile computers at the nd of the day, he said. Innovation doesn’t stop with 22 nanometer process technology and in tandem with Microsoft will create a revolution. He showed off a number of “form factors” (sizes) running Windows 8. Sony’s slider is good stuff, he said. People want a variety of things. The size stuff is really great, he said. Everyone wants good battery life and performance. Size is just the basis of everything. Everyone loved the DOS and Unix interface. GUIs moved everything from one dimension to two dimensions. “Innovation contines to move,” he said, puzzlingly. Executives use hand gestures and finger gestures and in the future people would like to interface (copulate) with machines better. TIC (true interactive computing) includes touch and everything else including voice. Intel and Nuance will copulate (partner together) and people will talk to their machines and their machines will answer, according to a man demonstrating TIC. The demonstrator used TIC to search on buying sunglasses off Amazon. You can tweet stuff. He spoke very bad Hindi and Nuance recognised it. Dell and Nuance and Intel (DNI) have performed a threesome and will be out when Haswell arrives, as we have reported elsewhere. Intel has threesomed with Creative and Softkinetic to produce unique gesture technology, said Perlmutter. In the future, in a year or two, fingers will be everything and gestures will be everything. Dadi can rotate the world with his hands, he demonstrated usng the palm of his hands and fingers. This is the beginning of innovation, he said. People confuse user experience with user interface, said Perlmutter. Perlmutter introduced Gary Flood – not the British journalist, but a senior suit from Mastercard. Flood said he was overdressed in his suit and tie because he didn’t get a memo from Perlmutter. Mastercard will announce new servers soon and has already introduced Pay Pass, said Gary. Mastercard wants ubiquitous acceptance. NFC isn’t everything. Intel is providing identity protection technology. NFC built into your laptop will make buying stuff easier, said Intel. Intel will build tablet designs for the healthcare market. If Perlmutter was Perlmutter MD he could see babies using ultrascan. His demo went slightly awry but recovered quickly as only future CEOs can do. To be fair, the IDF2012 wireless connection is rather weak. Microsoft Metro is a good interface, Intel said. Haswell next year will be really great, said Perlmutter. It will be 22 nanometres but was designed with mobility in mind. Intel has designed the architecture extremely seriously. He showed off Haswell against Ivy Bridge, so you may as well wait for Haswell rather than buying Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks now. Haswell will develop twice the performance than Ivy Bridge. He showed a thin Haswell prototype. More people will adopt Intel’s smartphone chip, said Perlmutter.

Ivy Bridge runs a little hot

Some corners of the press are warning that Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors might run a little too hot to be safely overclocked.

While Ivy Bridge was being touted as Chipzilla’s great white hope, it might also be turning into a red hot hope too. Overclocking tests done by AnandTechTech Report , and Overclockers show that Ivy Bridge processors can be 20 degrees hotter than Sandy Bridge processors.

So if you push an Intel i7-3770K processor over Intel’s peak 3.9GHz rating for this chip to 4.9GHz the temperature is enough to make a nice cup of tea.

If you tried the same thing on a Sandy Bridge chip running at the same 4.9GHz the temperature is only 80 degrees.

AnandTech claimed that the biggest leaps in temperatures occur when the voltage is ramped up. If you going from 1.05 volts to 1.30 volts at 4.4GHz CPU frequency, the temperature rapidly rises from a stable 65° C to more than 90° C.

This is a little weird because Ivy Bridge as supposed to be a lot more power efficient.

It looks like Intel’s denser transistors might be to blame as it they are harder to cool.

Ivy Bridge’s heat spreader makes contact with the CPU using thermal paste which might not be conducting heat as well as the Sandy Bridge’s soldered heat spreader.

Ivy Bridge also runs using a lower operating voltage than Sandy Bridge. When you overclock it you have to bump up the voltage.

Still if you are not into overclocking this will probably not effect you at all. Read our review here.

Here comes our Intel Core i7 3770K review

Here is our review of the Core i7-3770K processor, Intel’s highest-end Ivy Bridge-based processor. There’s a lot to be discussed about it, but we’ll start from the top.

 

Sandy Bridge exits the scene

Sandy Bridge was a tock in Intel’s design and manufacturing tick-tock strategy. A ‘tock’ is usually a new architecture on a mature process and, as such, normally results in better yields and much better revenues for the manufacturer. Ivy Bridge, its successor, is a tick. It’s a new process on a slightly tweaked architecture so carries with it a risk of lower yields.

Sandy Bridge was a successful move for Intel, in particular in the processor graphics department. The 32nm-built processor fully integrated the graphics core and improved GPU performance over its stepdad, Clarkdale. It introduced an extended instruction set named AVX, video hardware encoding features and an optimized branch prediction amongst other improvements. The now-famous K-series offered unlocked multipliers and some serious overclocking headroom, which proved to be an enthusiast’s delight. It has proved to be a very successful design and was bound to be hard for Intel to do better.

As Sandy Bridge bows out of the market, you’ll see boxes and boxes at heavily discounted prices right now. The brutal slashing began a week before the launch, emptying shelves and making room for the shiny new toy to come. 

 

Ivy Bridge arrives, not late, not early

Lo and behold, the Ivy Bridge, Intel’s 3rd generation Intel Core processor with processor graphics (as the chipmaker calls it). Not really late to the party, nor early, just on time considering it is Intel that’s pushing the market forward. Despite rumours of delays and a bit of crossed lines between some Intel execs, the CPUs officially launched this Monday.

As of now, Intel is introducing 14 new Ivy Bridge-based SKUs. These include one mobile extreme edition, four standard mobile versions, five desktop and four low-power ones. In order, these are:

Core i7-3920XM, Core i7-3820QM, Core i7-3720QM, Core i7-3612QM, Core i7-3610QM, Core i7-3770K, Core i7-3570K, Core i5-3570K, Core i5-3550, Core i5-3450, Core i7-3770T, Core i7-3770S, Core i5-3550S and the Core i5-3450S.

The 3 prefix in the numbering is the generation, ie: 3rd generation Core processors, while the rest of the number represents the model itself. The letter suffixes represent variants. K for multiplier unlocked, S models are low power and T models are ultra-low power. You can see below the full spec sheets.

 

Intel Ivy Bridge desktop CPUs

Low Power Ivy Bridge CPUs

Mobile Ivy Bridge CPUs

Some facts about Ivy Bridge

Ivy Bridge is the successor to Intel’s Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. It isn’t a completely new design, but a spin on its predecessor, built on a smaller process and introducing a few new tweaks to the original recipe… some of them more than just pure performance tweaks. Still, we need to state some facts about Ivy Bridge, even before we start the testing. There are two parts to the Ivy Bridge architecture that need focusing on.

First of all, Intel proudly parades Ivy Bridge as the first 22nm “3D” (ie: tri-gate) transistor-based processor. Yes, 3D is all the rage even on CPUs. Simply put this means it’s stacking the gates on its transistors keeping current leakage down (allowing Intel to scale its CPUs to 22nm and beyond) as well as providing some valuable space savings. Transistors built on this 22nm process also require less power, which has amounted to some substantial power savings on the CPUs.

Ivy Bridge integrates a more advanced graphics core onto the die, the HD 4000, a DirectX 11 (ie: hardware tessellation), DirectCompute capable part, which now shares the CPUs own L3 cache. The Intel HD 4000 processor graphics features 16 Execution Units (let’s call them shaders), Clear Video Technology (to offload video decode) and Quick Sync Video, which is hardware based encoding and decoding, which, we’ll see, works quite well. Intel claims up to twice the performance of the graphics in its Sandy Bridge predecessor.

Ivy Bridge is a 1.4 billion transistor processor with a die size of just 160mm2, by comparison, Sandy Bridge had 1.16 billion transistors and a die size of 216mm2. Despite a higher transistor count, the more efficient power design of the 22nm “3D transistors” still rack up the power savings from 95W on the 2700K to 77W on the 3770K. You can see the “processor graphics” die area has become considerably larger than its predecessor

Sandy Bridge Die, labeled

Ivy Bridge die, labeled

Sandy Bridge (on top) and Ivy Bridge (below), you can see that the processor graphics element has swollen up considerably in the latter.

The new architecture comes hand in hand with a new chipset family, the 7 series, codenamed Panther Point. This chipset is compatible with both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, but not first generation Core products.

Intel supplied a DZ77GA-70K motherboard which is powered by the Z77 chipset and was launched a week prior to the Ivy Bridge release. The DZ77GA-70K, as most Intel motherboards, have all the shiny LEDs and the looks of a deadly killer, but is very tame when it comes to overclocking and basically stepping out of bounds, even though its EFI BIOS is one of the best we’ve seen to date. From system monitoring to dialing up the clock on the CPU, it’s all dead simple. Our overclocking experiments with the motherboard yielded a humble 1.4GHz overclock (3.5 to 4.9GHz), that we are sure was too easy to achieve, yet too hard to overtake on this particular motherboard – something Asus or Gigabyte will pick up and take to the next level. Still the EFI BIOS is gorgeous and simple to use.

The 7-series chipset includes Intel Rapid Storage Technology 11, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt support, SATA 3.0, PCIe 3.0 and up to 3 independent displays (depending on configuration). It’s what the 6-series could have been, in essence.

7 Series Chipset Overview

 

Benchmarks

Our Engineering Sample Core i7 3770K is the counterpart to Intel’s Core i7 2700K Sandy Bridge, both clocked at 3.5GHz and both sport four cores / eight threads. Both have the same Turbo Boost speed of 3.9GHz and both are in the lab for our Apples to Apples comparison. Intel promised something in the vicinity of 7/15 percent pure CPU performance increase, and almost twice as much in “media” processing, thanks to its new graphics core, so let’s see what we get.

We’ll begin with a few CPU benchmarks. We aren’t holding our breaths on this, to be fair, Ivy Bridge didn’t introduce any revolutionary new magic tricks.

Cinebench R11.5 score

In Cinebench R11.5, the HD 4000 GPU is clearly marking the difference. The 3770K pulls ahead of its predecessor by a comfy margin.

Passmark Int/FPU score

Passmark is a simple fire’n’forget benchmark that assesses PC performance on several levels. We’ve focused on FPU and Integer performance. The Ivy Bridge FPU is tremendously more efficient than its predecessor, beating it by a 67 percent margin. Overclocked, the 3770K scales very well.

PCMark7 Computation score

The PC Mark 7 benchmark suite tests all PC subsystems, but we’re actually interested in the Computation score, here. Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge are almost 1-for-1.

POV-Ray Biscuit

POV-Ray is a ray tracing benchmark that relies on CPU muscle to render its target image.

SuperPI score

Purely mathematical in nature, Super PI maxes out single-threaded performance to calculate PI, in this case to the 2 millionth place.

SANDRA 2010 AES 256 bandwidth

The 3770K features a new encryption engine that allows it to squeeze a lot more data down the pipe.

SANDRA 2010 Arithmetic score

WinRAR Compression 320MB time

WinRAR Compression shows the minor edge the 3770K offers over the Core i7 2700K. A bit meh, if you ask us.

Now onto some strictly graphics-oriented benchmarks.

The HD 4000 end of business warrants its own analysis. With its 16 Execution Units and CPU-shared LLC (Last Level Cache) the HD 4000 is now spelling out some doom and gloom for the low-end discrete graphics business.

3DMark Vantage score

The inevitable 3DMark Vantage benchmark shows off DirectX 10 performance for the HD 4000 graphics. Granted it’s nothing to write home about, but it seems Intel is finally getting somewhere with its graphics processors.

3DMark 11 Performance score

3DMark 11 performance is nothing to sneeze at, considering that DirectX 11 support is brand new to the Intel lineup. We did get some artifacts in some scenes, but we believe this to be a driver issue, more than the hardware getting uncomfortable with the benchmark.

Dirt 3

We put Dirt 3 at max settings and Intel’s processor graphics survived the ordeal. If you scale down AA, you can game quite well on Intel’s new toy.

Metro 2033

We threw Metro 2033 at it as a crash test. The Metro 2033 – Frontline benchmark, running in DX 11 mode with Very High details, was like a slide-fest at times, but, again, scale back the details and image quality just a little bit and you’ll find something playable.

ComputeMark score

Considering Intel’s HD 4000 is now a OpenCL/DirectCompute capable part, we ran ComputeMark on it. The HD4000 part scored a quarter of the discrete competition.

TechARP x264 Benchmark

Finally, our media encoding test is where Intel’s HD graphics part stretches its legs. The HD 4000 graphics with its new media encoding engine chews away at frames almost as well as a discrete part.

 

Conclusion

Overall the Ivy Bridge core offers some meager performance gains over Sandy Bridge, good power savings and some great potential if you like to overclock your CPUs. The Core i7 3770K’s direct competition hails not from AMD (it hasn’t for a while now) but from its direct predecessor, the Core i7 2700K.

Over the next weeks you’ll also see that Ivy Bridge brought with it a bevy of new hardware releases, from motherboards to RAM to SSDs, as one way or another you do get quite unique advantages if you buy hardware that has been optimised for Intel hardware. The optimisations, however, revolve mostly around the motherboard and its chipset rather than the CPU, so if you see Z77 bundles with Core i7 2600K processors at a good price, you might want to consider the deal. As much as HD 4000 graphics are an improvement over their Sandy Bridge predecessor, many will keep on asking why bother with processor graphics in the mid-to-high end of things, considering most discrete GPUs will simply annihilate it. Ivy Bridge does bring DX 11 compute capabilities which we can only expect Intel will leverage down the line. Our media encoding results with the HD 4000 were close to the results we had with a discrete (GTX 460 1GB) GPU, which is nothing short of amazing. Gaming, while it might not be its forte, is definitely on the menu. Add to that the fact that you can combine the processor graphics with a discrete part, it’s up to Intel to bring to the fore some additional features.

Sandy Bridge was, admittedly, a hard act to follow, but Ivy Bridge is more than a speed bump with minor architectural improvements. It’s an important shift in design and manufacturing for Intel. In its own right, Ivy Bridge is a formidable opponent even for some higher-end Extreme Edition CPUs. It happens to also have a great deal of potential for forthcoming software and driver updates, like OpenCL/DirectCompute support. “Potential” is the operative word here, and it might not shake you to your core (no pun intended) and make you rush out to buy it.

If you can do without the power savings, overclocking tweaks and processor graphics, you might be better off picking up a Core i7 2600K/2700K on sale, but if you were about to buy one, this supersedes – dollar for dollar – what the 2700K had on offer, on just about every level. If you already own a Core i7 2600K or 2700K, you needn’t go digging in your pocket for the upgrade money just yet.

Fujitsu shows off U772 LifeBook – a business targeted Ultrabook

Fujitsu is readying the release of the LifeBook U772, its business-targeted Ivy Bridge Ultrabook.

Fujitsu told us that the spec limitations of Ultrabooks has been too “consumer orientated”, but the firm is now able to create more strictly business focused machines thanks to Ivy Bridge.  

This will help drive BYOD trends, Fujitsu claimed to TechEye, as the machines are “much more secure” for business use than other models.  Fujitsu said that this will make life easier for IT managers concerned about using laptops in the workplace, with the machine designed specifically for business to business users.  

The U772 is the first Ultrabook to feature port replicator docking connectivity, so that business users can easily access a multitude of connections as required.  

In addition to this there are also two USB 3.0 slots, one USB 2.0, full sized HDMI, space for an ethernet adaptor and SD card.  The machine weighs in at 1.4KG with solid magnesium housing, according to the limited specifications Fujitsu was offering. 

 

The release date is in line with Ivy Bridge, but a spokesperson said the company is ready to release the machine immediately – as soon as Intel gives the nod.

Fujitsu was also showing off its U572 product, aimed at SMBs, which was debuted at Cebit.

Intel's Ivy Bridge out today

While the world+dog is talking up Intel’s new Ivy Bridge launch today, there are a couple of things missing from the launch.

To say that the 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge processor is important to Chipzilla’s cunning plan to take over the world is an understatement. Its Ultrabook, tablets and even smartphone plans are dependant on it.

However while the initial launch of quad-core processors in the Core i5 and Core i7 families for desktop and full-sized laptops will start immediately, dual-core chips and low-power chips are not on the list.

It is these chips which are targeted for ultrabook-style computers, which means that Intel is waiting for Windows 8 to push these.

Intel’s PC business chief Kirk Skaugen tried to cover this gaping hole in the Intel line up by pointing and saying “oh look there is a badger.”

In his interview with the BBC he pointed out that the new chips also feature “3D” Tri-Gate transistors that add vertical silicon fins to reduce energy leakage.

Of course the BBC was not aware that this technology was announced last year and is not new. But it did stop them asking “where are the new range of ultrabooks then matey?”

It is also missed the fact that Intel’s new processors have been delayed because of the new 22-nanometer manufacturing process.

What it looks like is that Chipzilla has released the PC versions of the chip to see if they go bang, before releasing the mobile versions.

The last thing that Intel wants as it tries to get into the mobile market is to do so with chips that have a poor reputation. In addition, it needs Windows 8 for its ultrabooks anyway.